“A Mindful Heart”: Stress Management Tools for Patients Living with Heart Disease and Chronic Kidney Disease

2020-11-20T09:48:16-05:00November 5th, 2020|Categories: Lifestyle, Stress Management, The Kidney Citizen|Tags: |

By Stacy Ogbeide, PsyD, ABPP, CSOWM DPC Education Center Advisory Council Member Stress Management—a topic those living with heart disease and chronic kidney disease have heard before but now in 2020, takes a whole new meaning. We are in the COVID-19 pandemic—unprecedented times—that are impacting people physically, financially, socially, spiritually, and emotionally. Maybe your healthcare has been disrupted; treatment disrupted; work, social, and family life disrupted. Your current stress management options are no longer working, or you don’t have access to your typical stress management options, which is beginning to take a toll on you. Don’t lose heart—I’d like to [...]

The Kidney Citizen Issue 12

2020-11-20T09:22:45-05:00November 1st, 2020|Categories: The Kidney Citizen (Issue)|

Medicare Advantage Now Open for Enrollment, "A Mindful Heart": Stress Management Tools for Patients Living with Heart Disease and Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney Patients and Coronavirus: What Have We Learned? and more!

Identifying Sepsis Risk and Symptoms

2020-09-04T16:04:37-04:00September 4th, 2020|Categories: The Kidney Citizen, What Causes Kidney Disease|Tags: |

By Marijke Vroomen Durning, RN People who live with kidney disease are more susceptible to contracting infections than the general public. A weakened immune system, frequent hospital or clinical visits/stays, and possible points of entry for infection (catheters, ports, etc.) all contribute to this increased risk. Unfortunately, some of these infections can lead to sepsis, which can be life altering, even fatal for thousands of people. Sepsis is your body’s inflammatory response to an infection. It can be any type of infection—viral, as with influenza; bacterial, as with a urinary tract infection (UTI); even fungal or parasitic. No one knows why [...]

Supporting Your Health and Wellbeing Before, During, and After Kidney Transplant

2020-10-07T22:21:00-04:00September 3rd, 2020|Categories: Additional Resources, Fact Sheet, Kidney Transplant, Lifestyle, Mental Health, Physical Health, Stress Management, Support, The Kidney Citizen|Tags: |

By Elizabeth Steinberg Christofferson, PhD and Leah Grande, MA Preparing for and receiving a kidney transplant, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, can be an uncertain and overwhelming process. This article discusses tips to promote positive mental and physical health for yourself or your loved ones. Preparing for a Transplant There are many different emotions associated with deciding to go on the transplant list, and all of these feelings are normal and valid! You may feel excited about the potential for improved health and energy, fewer restrictions on what you can eat and drink (although you still want to eat a [...]

Cooking with Latin Flavors

2020-04-27T21:20:47-04:00December 12th, 2019|Categories: Nutrition, The Kidney Citizen|

En Español By María Eugenia Rodríguez, MS, RD, CSR, LND, Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist You have probably heard about the importance of eating a low sodium diet. The general recommendation for people with kidney disease is to consume less than 2,000 mg of sodium per day. According to statistics from NHANES 2007-2010, the adult man in the United States consumes 4,240 mg of sodium and the adult woman consumes 2,980 mg.1 In some South American countries such as Argentina, Brazil and Costa Rica sodium intakes have been reported between 4,400 and 4,700 mg per day.2 One [...]

Cocinando Con Sabor Latino

2020-04-27T21:20:48-04:00December 12th, 2019|Categories: Nutrition, Spanish Materials, The Kidney Citizen|

English Version Por María Eugenia Rodríguez, MS, RD, CSR, LND, Nutricionista Dietista Licenciada Probablemente, ha escuchado sobre la importancia de llevar una alimentación baja en sodio. La recomendación general para personas con enfermedad renal es consumir menos de 2,000 mg de sodio al día. Según estadísticas de NHANES 2007-2010, el hombre adulto en Estados Unidos consume 4,240 mg de sodio y la mujer adulta consume 2,980 mg.1 En algunos países de Sur América como Argentina, Brasil y Costa Rica se han reportado ingestas de sodio entre 4,400 y 4,700 mg al día.2 Una de las fuentes de [...]

Dialysis, Caregiving and Emotional Health

2020-11-25T10:14:26-05:00November 25th, 2019|Categories: Fact Sheet, Lifestyle, Sex and Intimacy, Stress Management, Support, The Kidney Citizen|

By Hannah Calkins Dialysis is life-changing in many ways. It may be what makes your life possible, for one. But it may also significantly impact your daily routine, your sense of self and your relationships—and it may impact all three if your significant other or another close relative has taken on a caregiving role. You and your caregiver may be new to this situation or coping with it long-term. Either way, psychologists and social workers who work with people with kidney disease and other chronic illnesses can help you both manage your routines, navigate conflicts and maintain—or even enrich—your relationship through [...]

My Personal Experience with a Rare Condition

2020-04-27T21:22:03-04:00March 29th, 2019|Categories: Diagnosis of Kidney Disease, In-Center Hemodialysis, Lifestyle, Physical Health, The Kidney Citizen|Tags: |

By Mark Scirocco, Patient Ambassador I have been on in-center hemodialysis for three years. It was a rough start, as I went through 11 chest catheters in a little over a year. Two of them just fell out while I was sitting at home; the others got clogged. The last one almost killed me, stopping fluid in my upper body and head. My fistula was barely ready when they took that one out and placed a stent in my chest to allow fluid past my upper body. Three months after starting my fistula, I needed a fistulogram to open it up. [...]

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